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Butchers in Kent: 10 of the best

PUBLISHED: 09:31 09 January 2017 | UPDATED: 09:31 09 January 2017

The Goods Shed, Canterbury (Andrew Sales, Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

The Goods Shed, Canterbury (Andrew Sales, Flickr, CC BY 2.0)


From high street to online butchers, if you are looking for the perfect Christmas turkey, we have lots of shops that source locally or hand rear their meat. We pick 10 of the best butchers in Kent

Ian Chatfield Butchers & Delicatessen, Tonbridge/Tunbridge Wells

Locally sourced, free range meat makes Ian Chatfield Butchers & Delicatessen tick. Order your Christmas turkey from either of the shops – one in Tonbridge and the other in Tunbridge Wells – and the rest of Christmas will fall into place. There is a whole host of other high quality meats to grab that will perfectly accompany your main Christmas meal or be a great centre piece for Christmas parties or Boxing Day buffet spreads.


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Court Farm Butchery & Country Larder, Rochester

For all your beef and lamb needs, head to Court Farm Butchery & Country Larder in Rochester. Court Farm specialises in high quality, grass fed lamb and beef but, with its own 900 acres of land, rears pigs and poultry too. You can find almost everything for your Christmas Day spread at Court Farm with everything from local Kentish cheese to fruit and vegetables too.

Butcher of Brogdale

With butcher shops in Whitstable, Broadstairs, Gillingham, Ashford and Faversham, Butcher of Brogdale are a household name in Kent. Sourcing the best quality meat available, there are lots of choices for Christmas at this traditional butcher. There are local bronze and white turkeys available that will make a statement on your Christmas table. Why not pick up some pure goose fat for your roast potatoes and some lamb, duck or pork for Boxing Day too?

S. W. Doughty, Sittingbourne

Located in Doddington is S. W. Doughty, the community butcher serving local produce and high quality meats for over 100 years. Download the Christmas order form from the website to order your turkey or other delicious festive fare to serve up on Christmas afternoon.

The Goods Shed, Canterbury

The Goods Shed in Canterbury is the perfect rustic farmers market and food hall to find everything you need for a full Christmas spread this year. With locally sourced delights to peruse, the onsite butcher is a great spot to find the highest quality meat that is expertly prepared. To complement the meat, there is a bakery to find breads, a cheese maker, charcuterie, a veg stall and much more. The atmosphere of this food hall is sure to get you feeling festive. If you don’t fancy the trip there is the delivery service available too!

H. W. Coldbreath, Sevenoaks

More than 40 years experience butchering high quality meats for the local community has resulted in a strong bond with farms that ensure a high quality of life for their animals. H. W. Coldbreath in Sevenoaks supplies its meats to many top schools, restaurants and National Trust establishments. Why not enjoy a bronze or white free-range turkey from Coldbreath this year to serve up as your Christmas main?

Jim’s Family Butchers, Whitstable

Make sure to order your award-winning turkey from Jim’s Family Butchers in Whitstable early this year to guarantee your preferred size. Just a stone’s throw from the sea, there is plenty of festive meat for your Christmas feast on offer including gammon, duck and much more.

Huntleys of Tenterden

Huntley’s Butchers in Tenterden serves businesses and families and has done for nearly 30 years. With a dedication to excellent customer service, you will feel more than welcome when you visit to pick up your yuletide ingredients. Maybe you need a whole chicken for Christmas Day, or high quality diced steak for a Christmas Eve stew. Whatever your needs this festive season, you can expect service with a smile.

Rooks Online, Hythe

For the 21st century meat eater, Rooks Online is surely one of the easiest and most convenient ways to prepare for Christmas. With national delivery and free delivery over £50, it’s as simple as click and pay and you can have your meat with you in no time. You can order a whole free range bronze turkey, a boneless stuffed turkey crown and goose fat for your roast potatoes along with a myriad other options, and you don’t even have to get out of bed to do it.

Farningham Butchers

Tucked away in the pretty, historic village of Farningham is Farningham Butchers, the 200 year old butcher that has been serving village locals and visitors alike with high quality meat. You can order your boneless turkey and pigs in blankets for your Christmas Day meal and pork pie, cheeses and chutneys to accompany too.

Fuller’s Butchers & Farm Shop, Tunbridge Wells

Located in the picturesque village of Hawkenbury, Fuller’s is dedicated to serving high quality meat, game and poultry. With over 40 years of experience, Fuller’s has become a trusted spot to find a Christmas turkey and all the trimmings too along with advice on how to cook and serve the products. Visit the Eridge based farm shop to find locally sourced cheeses, beers and wines that will elevate your festive meals.

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